Georges Bizet


The thing lives, breathes, and clutches at you emotionally, and is another triumph for this wonderfully plucky company   Irish Theatre Magazine

Award winning director Gavin Quinn set the action in a gritty urban landscape, stripping the tale back to the bare essentials. Bang up-to-date with Gardaí, streetwise factory girls and dodgy dealings at the local pub, this production echoed Bizet’s original opera while featuring those who were not often seen on the opera stage: the working classes and the disenfranchised.  Sparks fly as Don José’s fatal attraction to Carmen evolves from passionate love to intense murderous jealousy.


Sultry and seductive,  Carmen will mesmerise both young and old alike, with its instantly recognisable and irresistible score.  Irish mezzo-soprano Imelda Drumm plays the bewitching temptress in this riveting tale of lust, obsession and betraya with American tenor Michael Wade Lee as the ardent lover Don José.

Bizet’s timeless masterpiece, which has gripped audiences since its premiere continues to delight the modern listener with lots of sizzling opera hits including the unforgettable Toreador’s song.

Nationwide Tour May & October 2013

May 3 Carlow GB Shaw Theatre
May 7 Waterford Theatre Royal
May 9 Kilkenny Watergate Theatre
May 11 Galway Town Hall Theatre
May 14 Tallaght Civic Theatre
May 16 Dundalk An Táin
May 18 Dublin Samuel Beckett Theatre
Oct 15 Ennis Glór
Oct 17 Bray Mermaid Arts Centre
Oct 19 Tralee Siamsa Tíre
Oct 22 Dublin Samuel Beckett Theatre
Oct 24 Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre
Oct 26 Newtownabbey Theatre at the Mill

"An intelligent and highly enjoyable Carmen, full of excellent singing and sharp insights into the emotional motivation of the principal characters. "
Irish Theatre Magazine
"Gavin Quinn’s production of Carmen for Opera Theatre Company has a lot of chemistry"
The Irish Times
"OTC’s ability to successfully put new twists on old plots never fails to surprise. Fizzling with fun"
Sunday Business Post

Production Information


Carmen Imelda Drumm
Don Jose Michael Wade Lee
Escamillo Owen Gilhooly (May) / Michael Dewis (Oct)
Micaela Mairead Buicke / Sinead Campbell Wallace (Oct)
Zuniga Gerard O’Connor / John Molloy (Oct)
Frasquita Mary O’Sullivan
Morales Michael Dewis
Mercedes Maria Hughes

Creative Team

Director Gavin Quinn
Conductor Andrew Synnott
Designer Aedín Cosgrove

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